Learn how to draw like Giacometti with this easy step by step tutorial. His elongated figures had a certain look that is fun to imitate.
OK, so Alberto Giacometti was most famously a sculptor back in the early 1900s, not a 2 dimensional artist, but I bet that he at least made a few sketches of his large works of art before he had them made.
His very long and skinny bodies had a very specific look, and any artist that was going to create with something as unforgiving as steel, had to start with a good plan.
This tutorial will help students draw a person with the “Giacometti” look, with a few options for getting creative in their poses.
Teachers can use this as a precursor for an actual sculpture project (pipe cleaners maybe?) or just keep it as a fun art history drawing. The bodies should be a solid black color, but the background could finished with any number of creative solutions.
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Giacometti Coloring Page
Materials for How to Draw like Giacometti
- Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase. Buying the pre-sharpened ones will save busy teachers a lot of time.
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.
- Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent marker pens make nice black outlines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables.
- Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have unless you buy their larger boxes.
- Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors that seem a bit richer and warmer than the ones Prang has.
Step by Step Directions for How to Draw like Giacometti
Time needed: 30 minutes.
How to Draw like Giacometti
- See Giacometti’s “Pointing Man” sculpture.
- Draw a head and skinny neck.
- Add a skinny torso below.
- Draw large feet at the bottom.
- Trace with marker and color.
- Option Body A
- Option Body B
- Option Body C